Month: June 2019

Hincapie: I didn’t dope when Cadel won Tour

MATES: Cadel Evans and George Hincapie. Picture: Getty ImagesWASHINGTON: One of Cadel Evans’s senior teammates, George Hincapie, has admitted doping but says he stopped long before helping the Australian to his 2011 Tour de France triumph.
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The American’s confession came as the United States Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday revealed all of its evidence in the investigation of countryman Lance Armstrong, including testimony from Hincapie and 10 other former Armstrong teammates.

Hincapie was a US Postal Service teammate of Armstrong when the cycling legend won seven Tour de France titles in a row from 1999 to 2005.

The vastly experienced Hincapie joined American team BMC Racing in 2010, the same year as Evans, and was a valued lieutenant as Evans rode to his historic victory in the Tour last year.

Admitting to doping while riding with Armstrong, he said on Wednesday that he had not taken performance-enhancing drugs since 2005.

USADA stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour crowns and imposed a life ban upon him in August. The agency sent a report of its findings to the International Cycling Union on Wednesday.

Hincapie posted a link to his statement on his website and Twitter account as USADA revealed the full extent of its probe.

“Because of my love for the sport, the contributions I feel I have made to it, and the amount the sport of cycling has given to me over the years, it is extremely difficult today to acknowledge that during a part of my career I used banned substances,” he wrote.

“Early in my professional career, it became clear to me that, given the widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs by cyclists at the top of the profession, it was not possible to compete at the highest level without them.

“I deeply regret that choice and sincerely apologise to my family, teammates and fans.

“I have competed clean and have not used any performance-enhancing drugs or processes for the past six years. Since 2006, I have been working hard within the sport of cycling to rid it of banned substances.”

“During this time, I continued to successfully compete at the highest level of cycling while mentoring young professional riders on the right choices to make to ensure that the culture of cycling had changed.”

USADA chief executive Travis T. Tygart praised Hincapie and others who came forward to give evidence against Armstrong.

“The riders who participated in the USPS Team doping conspiracy and truthfully assisted have been courageous in making the choice to stop perpetuating the sporting fraud,” he said. AAP

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Holidaying medics called to the frontline in Kuta

A COUPLE of hours before dawn on the first morning of her Bali holiday, Linda Hogg was woken by a phone call from her daughter.
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There were reports in Australia of an explosion in Bali, she was told. Ms Hogg passed the phone to husband John and turned on the TV, where reports of destruction at the Sari Club were playing.

As Dr Hogg, a surgeon from Wollongong, phoned Denpasar’s Sanglah Hospital and offered help, neither had a sense of the scale of injury that they had themselves only narrowly avoided.

Ms Hogg, who was born in Indonesia and volunteers at a Bali charity for disabled children, had brought her husband on his first trip to Bali for her birthday.

“I was going to take [John] to the Sari Club but, a few days before we left, my mother decided she wanted to come with us,” she said. They had a quiet meal instead.

When the couple arrived at the hospital the stillness belied a horrific scene.

“It was incredibly quiet, it was very eerie,” Ms Hogg, a paediatric physiotherapist, recalled.

They found ward after ward of mutilated people, some with burns to up to 80 per cent of their bodies. She began compiling a list of patients.

“People were starting to come into the hospital looking for their loved ones,” she said. “They’d woken up in the morning and realised that their bed was empty.”

John started stabilising burns patients so they could be transported to Australia for treatment.

“A lot of [Indonesian doctors] don’t understand those sorts of burns, with 60-80 per cent burns usually you die there,” John said.

He and other Australian and expat doctors improvised among chaos: “We were able to find scalpel blades but not handles; we were just holding the blades between our fingers.”

Over the course of a day, Dr Hogg travelled to half-a-dozen local hospitals: “I would have seen upward of 200 to 300 people.”

Locals aided in the crush, too, by constantly collecting supplies.

“They’d tie someone to their bicycle to bring them in to the hospital, or sat nursing someone while they died,” Linda said. “You have no idea what these amazing people went through because they just wanted to be of help.”

As John helped people hang on to life, Linda went to the morgue and helped to identify the dead.

“I was trying to find something a relative would recognise,” she said. She examined torn rugby jerseys and photographed jewellery and tattoos, trying to put names and faces together. ”It was horrific. There were so many young ones.”

Both drew inspiration from the bravery the injured showed despite excruciating pain and little anaesthesia.

“The wounded people were very stoical,” John said.

But Linda lived with doubts about whether saving people so horrifically injured was futile.

“In Indonesia, they looked at them and said: ‘Anyone with 70 to 80 per cent burns, make them comfortable and let them go to peace.'”

But those fears were quelled by the stories of the survivors whom she’d put on stretchers and accompanied on their way to emergency flights back to Australia. “It makes me feel much better to know they’re getting on with life,” Linda said.

“To see them having children, leading lives, having jobs is wonderful.”

The couple, who’d worked separately all day, finally met at the airbase where the injured lay on stretchers under tents.

“I remember getting back to the hotel and walking into the sea in my stinking clothing to wash off the feeling,” John said. “The sun was just rising, the surf breaking on a distant reef.”

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Ram raid at Warners Bay nets jewellery 

THIEVES stole thousands of dollars worth of stock and caused thousands more in damage during a ‘‘mad smash and grab’’ at a Warners Bay jewellery store yesterday.
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Lake Macquarie police commander acting Superintendent Murray Lundberg said the thieves reversed a vehicle through the multi-folding security doors at Davidson’s Jewellery in the Lake Village Arcade about 1.30am.

Once inside they smashed through glass counter tops and displays and snatched necklaces, rings and other items.

The offenders then drove the vehicle out of the store, through the arcade and onto the street.

Specialist police examined a large mattock and a black torch that were left behind by the offenders yesterday.

The store’s owners, John and Nonji Penfold, were still assessing the damage caused and the items stolen last night.

‘‘It was so bad, so much was stolen,’’ Mrs Penfold said.

‘‘Not a lot of the really expensive stuff – luckily that was tucked away in a safe – but they did so much damage.’’

Family friend Alister Mallet, who helped Mrs Penfold clean up the broken glass yesterday, said he thought the thieves had been in and out in a matter of minutes.

‘‘It was just a mad smash and grab by the look of it,’’ he said.

‘‘They got what they could in a hurry.’’

Superintendent Lundberg told the Newcastle Herald there was no CCTV vision of the ram raid and the investigation would hinge on witnesses who saw the incident or any suspicious vehicles in the Warners Bay area.

‘‘At this stage we don’t have an idea about descriptions of vehicles or numbers of offenders,’’ he said.

‘‘Any assistance from the public would be greatly appreciated.’’

The early-morning raid was the second in the Hunter in a few months after thieves used a Fiat van to smash their way into a jewellery store in July.

SMASH AND GRAB: Davidson’s Jewellery in Warners Bay after a vehicle reverse-rammed into it and thieves grabbed goods. No CCTV footage was found.

TOOLS: Nonji Penfold holds up the torch and mattock that were used in the theft. Picture:Max Mason-Hubers

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TOPICS: Idol way to stage

SPOTTING an Australian Idol also-ran can be depressing, like bumping into that guy from school who showed glimpses of talent at footy but spent the next decade in the TAB.
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Not so in the case of Marty Worrall. The Idol 2004 sixth-place getter lives in Newcastle, teaches singing and possesses some serious lungs.

He’s also scored a role alongside Idol Nice Judge and fellow-Novocastrian Marcia Hines in the Long Way to the Top musical.

CAREER FOCUS: Marty Worrall, at right, backs up JPY at the Long Way to the Top concert at Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Tuesday.

“It’s a treat to sing with Marcia after knowing her through my Idol days,” Worrall told Herald entertainment reporter Amy Edwards.

Worrall, a Mayfield resident, is the only male backing singer in the show, which wraps up in Brisbane tonight.

He also provided backing vocals on the The Voice earlier this year and was picked for the Long Way tour after impressing people at Channel Nine.

Lake Macquarie resident John Paul Young joined Worrall on stage during Tuesday night’s Newcastle Entertainment Centre performance, along with Doug Parkinson, who was apparently born at the Mater Hospital.

As you can tell, it was a bit of a Hunter affair.

The terror… the terror…

FORGET Willie Mason or Emile Heskey.

This region’s most eagerly-awaited return to action of 2012 surely belongs to Alan Jones.

The talkback king will dip a toe into the public speaking pond today for the first time since those unfortunate comments about the Prime Minister’s father.

We don’t want to join the list of those Jones has accused of harassing him and his sponsors with “cyber-bullying”. Or “cyber-terrorism”.

(Just as an aside, in the last cyber-terrorism film we saw, Die Hard 4.0, the cyber-terrorists didn’t lobby companies not to advertise on talkback. Maybe the profession has changed.)

Hopefully it won’t ruffle any feathers if we tell you the 2GB breakfast host is guest speaker at Breakers Country Club in Terrigal, for today’s Terrigal Trojans rugby club’s annual long lunch.

Jones is a late replacement in the slot for his ill 2GB stablemate Ray Hadley, who was originally advertised to not “hold back any punches . . . on a wide range of issues from sport to politics and beyond”.

We’re not sure whether Jones will “hold back any punches” at the $80-a-head fund-raiser in the wake of recent events.


WHEN we saw this “lolly free” supermarket checkout at The Junction, we were kind of torn.

Part of us beamed “Good on them for taking a healthy stand”.

Another part sighed, “First World problems . . . “.

As in, how would you explain to someone in Somalia, that in Australia we need a specialised checkout to shield us from the temptation of sweets?

We must admit, we’re suckers for a pack of Mentos at the point of purchase. The lolly-free checkout is probably a good idea.

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